Malaysia’s Ewe Eng Soon clinches Poker Dream Vietnam Super High Roller for ₫5.3BN ($215K); Devan Tang creeps up to 2nd place


Poker Dream may be new in the circuit but it has already shown what sets it apart. Just like its debut in Malaysia, the brand’s inaugural stint in Hoi An, Vietnam has witnessed mass participation by Asia-Pacific’s creme de la creme that you’d think it was a Triton series.

Since the start, the festival’s high roller events have generated bloated prize pools making every low to mid ranged player wish they had the bankroll to join the big action. Even more so at the recently concluded Super High Roller where a staggering 92 runners coughed up the costly ₫230,000,000 (~$9,400) buy in for a jaw dropping prize pool of ₫19,699,960,000 (~$805,000). To emphasize the enormity of this pot, its min cash is higher than several side event prize pools. This is also within range of its debut in Malaysia where the SHR gathered a slightly larger pot of US$ 826K. 

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Ewe Eng Soon

Among the players seen rubbing elbows were Sung Are Joo Hyun,  Kartik Ved both had arrived just in time for the big game, Danny Tang who had already played every high roller event offered since the start, Abhinav Iyer and poker figure Paul Phua both carrying the biggest stacks into Day 2, and  Elton Tsang and Devan Tang, rarities in the Asian circuit. In the end the title went to Malaysia’s Ewe Eng Soon for first first ever live poker title. Ewe shipped the coveted 5,230,000,000 (~US$ 214,400) first prize and the brand’s custom designed high roller trophy.

Bubble time recap

On the ninth hour of play, it was bubble time with eventual champion Soon seen all in nearly back to back, and both times he doubled up through Ewe Eng Siang.  The first hand was 3c3d standing firm against AdKd followed by AcKc ahead of Ah8c.

The bubble burst on the lone Filipino remaining, Lester Edoc who shoved his last 8 BB with Kd9d into newly crowned Short Deck High Roller champion Yeu Wei Hsiang‘s AcAs. From there saw the fast fall of the short stacks. New Zealand’s Hamish Crawshaw was credited for two knockouts, Chi Jen Chu (13th) and Wai Leong Chan (10th) to form the final table

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Buy in: ₫230,000,000 (~$9,400)
Entries: 92
Prize pool: ₫19,699,960,000 (~$805,000)
ITM: 13 places


1st Ewe Eng Soon Malaysia 5,230,000,000
2nd Devan Tang Hong Kong 3,634,000,000
3rd Hamish Crawshaw New Zealand 2,403,000,000
4th Danny Tang Hong Kong 1,882,000,000
5th Tzer Chiuan Lim Malaysia 1,516,000,000
6th Pham Tien Dung Vietnam 1,182,000,000
7th Yeu Wei Hsiang Malaysia 935,960,000
8th Zhi Yi Ning Malaysia 729,000,000
9th Ewe Eng Siang Malaysia 552,000,000
10th Wai Leong Chan Malaysia 424,000,000
11th Kartik Ved India 424,000,000
12th Ferdinand Putra Indonesia 394,000,000
13th Chi-Jen Chu Taiwan 394,000,000

You can watch the final table race via the Poker Dream social media channels or read on for the brief recap below.

The final table opened with three players dwarfing the rest – Danny Tang, Crawshaw, and Soon. Three players were quickly dusted Siang (9th), Zhi Yi Ning (8th), and Hsiang (7th). Out next was Vietnam’s last hope, Pham Tien Dung,  who couldn’t bring up his stack and took a stand with Ac5c that missed against Crawshaw’s pocket Nines. It took some time before another tumbled, Tzer Chiuan Lim, who also went down at the hands of Crawshaw.

While Crawshaw seemed to be cruising, Devan Tang survived multiple shoves to rise from just 3 BB. The biggest pot of the table came down between Soon and Danny Tang with the former winning the race with 6s6h holding against AhKs on a board Jh9h7h8s7c. Tang plunged to 3 BB and was later put out of his misery in 4th place by Crawshaw.

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Despite having railed half of his final table opponents, Crawshaw had it rough at three-handed. He lost two showdowns against Devan Tang then fell in 3rd place to Soon to bring about heads up. Soon was ahead 82 BB to Tang’s 25 BB. On the second hand, Tang was all in with 9d9h to Soon’s AdJd. The final board ran AhJc4s4d7d.

Stick with us here at Somuchpoker as we bring you full coverage of the festival from start to finish. Poker Dream Vietnam has been ongoing since October 14 and will run through October 23 at the Grand Hall of Hoiana Hotel & Suites. 

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Article links:

Poker Dream releases Hoi An full schedule
Poker Dream makes landfall in Hoi An, Vietnam
Poker Dream kicks off 
Poker Dream: Day 1 recap
Poker Dream: First four trophies awarded
Poker Dream: Taiwan, Malaysia, Thailand lift trophies

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Tricia David

Tricia David has long experience as a recreational poker player and has been covering poker events since 2010 for numerous outfits in Asia. She spent one year working part time with Poker Portal Asia then became editor and lead writer for all event coverage of the Philippine Poker Tour (PPT). Under the PPT, she overlooked content for their website, and produced live updates on all their events. In addition, she served as the live and online events website content writer for the Asian Poker Tour. Currently, she does live events reporting in Asia for online news site Somuchpoker and is also one of their news contributors.

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